Accidents on golf courses are inevitable, but it’s how we respond that truly matters. We recently spoke to Renee Geyer, Golf Course Superintendent at Canterwood Golf & Country Club, about Hazardous Spill Cleanup, and shared her valuable insights with us. As Geyer emphasized to us, when it comes to chemicals on the golf course, preventing disasters and being prepared for emergencies is crucial in ensuring the safety of the crew and the environment.

Here are the key steps that you and your crew should follow in the unfortunate event of a hazardous chemical spill:

Prioritize Crew Safety:
Ensuring your crew members are equipped with the safety knowledge they need during a spill is crucial for averting disasters. Geyer believes that every member of the team should understand the risks and be involved in the training process. “Everybody has a broad understanding of what we have on-site,” she says.

Identify the Threat:
During a hazardous spill, a quick assessment of the situation is vital. Geyer stresses the importance of understanding Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and familiarizing oneself with spill kits to act swiftly in containing the spill. “The label is the law,” she asserts. “That’s it.”

Alert the Team:
“It comes down to if you see something, say something” Geyser tells us. “Don’t be a hero. Let’s use the protocol that’s in place as far as who should be responsible for that accident.” In the event of a spill, crew members should report the situation immediately to their superintendent, rather than trying to handle the situation alone.

Clean-Up and Disposal:
Following facility-specific procedures and SDS guidelines is essential for safe and effective clean-up. Providing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is also crucial to crew members’ safety.

Decontamination:
Clear procedures for equipment and clothing decontamination help prevent secondary exposure and contamination.

To read Renee Geyer’s full insights and learn more about Hazardous Spill Cleanup safety on the golf course, take a look at our in-depth article on the GCSAA site.

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